Indian eves crush Turkey

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Grandmaster Koneru Humpy and Women Grandmaster Swati Ghate guided India to an emphatic 2.5-0.5 victory over Turkey in the Women's Chess Olympiad.

Indian eves crush Turkey

Turin:

Grandmaster Koneru Humpy and Women Grandmaster Swati Ghate guided India to an emphatic 2.5-0.5 victory over Turkey in the fifth round of the Women's Chess Olympiad. The win helped the Indian team, seeded ninth, to move to joint fourth spot with eight rounds to play. The other Indian player D Harika drew her third round game. At the top of the tables top seed Russian dames suffered a shocking 1-2 defeat at the hands of Ukraine with Natalia Zhukova scoring the winner on board one for her team against top Russian player Alexandra Kosteniuk. The two boards ended in draws after bitter fights giving the Ukrainians a well-deserved victory. The other big upset of the day was recorded by Hungary who defeated defending champion China by a huge 2.5-0.5 margin. For Hungary the latest addition in the chess arsenal Hoang Thang Trang, formerly from Vietnam, played out a draw with Zhao Xue on the top board while on the remaining two boards Ildiko Madl and Szidonia Vajda did the trick against Shen Yang and Hou Yifan respectively. Russian remained in sole lead despite the debacle inching to 12.5 points while Ukraine is now a close second just half point behind the leaders. In third spot is Hungary on 11.5 points and as many as seven teams including USA, Romania and India are in close pursuit having 11 points each. (PTI)

Topics : Chess
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